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TWELVE APOSTLES

Site Details

© Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey licence number 0100022206

NPRN 271548

Map Reference SH22NE

Grid Reference SH2626126613

Unitary (Local) Authority Maritime

Old County Maritime

Community Maritime

Type of Site WRECK

Broad Class MARITIME

Period Post Medieval

Site Description Archaeological remains associated with the loss of this vessel are not confirmed as present at this location, but may possibly be in the vicinity.

Event and Historical Information:
The TWELVE APOSTLES was a wooden schooner built at Pwllheli in 1858. Technical and configuration specifications are given as 118gt, 99nt; 86ft 2in long x 22ft 2in breadth x 11ft 4in depth; figurehead of St Peter; official number 21329. Sources suggest the schooner was considered to be the unofficial flagship for Porthmadoc. The TWELVE APOSTLES was deliberately run ashore in an attempt to save both vessel and crew on 23 November 1898, after the schooner had been caught in a southerly gale force 10 during which it sprang a leak. The schooner became a total loss at Hell's Mouth, but all the crewmembers were saved.

Sources include:
Board of Trade Wreck Return 1898 Appendix C Table 1 pg135 (707)
Larn and Larn Shipwreck Database 2002
Lloyds Register of British and Foreign Shipping, 1 July 1896 - 30 June 1897, number 561 in T
Port of Caernarfon Shipping Register 1865-1874, Gwynedd Archive Service XSR/18, folio 121
Wynne-Jones, I, 2001, Shipwrecks of North Wales, 4 ed, pg31

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, March 2013.